Over 13,000 Pakistanis studying in Australia

CANBERRA, May 15 (INP): Pakistan has over 13,000 students studying in Australia including those on Higher Education Commission (HEC) scholars and Australian Award recipients.

This was stated by the High Commissioner for Pakistan, Babar Amin during his meeting with the Vice-Chancellor and President of Griffith University Prof Carolyn Evansinin his office on Wednesday.

The High Commissioner lauded the commendable academic cooperation that exists between Pakistan and Australia and especially with Griffith University. He added that Pakistan and Australia have developed a long-term partnership in higher education which provides an excellent opportunity for collaboration in research and short and long-term training programmes for capacity building.

He pointed out Pakistani students have been contributing to the progress of Australia and Pakistan in a tremendous way and are a significant link between the two countries. He encouraged the Vice-Chancellor to start the student exchange programme with leading universities in Pakistan.

The Vice Chancellor appreciated the High Commissioner for visiting Griffith University. She briefed the High Commissioner about different aspects of research and education at the University’s campus.

She said that there are ample joint research opportunities with Pakistan in different fields and that her University would like to build long-term relations with different universities in Pakistan for the common benefit. The Vice Chancellor further added that, at the moment, there are 160 students from Pakistan studying in different disciplines who are very organized and enterprising.

The Griffith University is about to conclude an MOU with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan under which 5 free fully paid scholarships will be offered to Pakistani students in the fields of science, business and engineering. Under the Innovative Universities structure, the Griffith University has chosen Pakistan as its country for research and also research collaboration with other Pakistani universities.

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